System Restore Did Not Complete Successfully - Fixed

Posted by @Ada

August 1, 2017

Reasons and solutions to unspecified error message “system restore did not complete successfully” with different error codes.

Overview of “system restore did not complete successfully” issue

Windows has its own system restore feature which is very useful. If something bad happens to your system, you can use it to recover your system.

Sometimes, when you try to do system restore, you may receive an error message: “System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer’s system files and settings were not changed”.

Very often, there is an error code following the error message. The error code can be verified. You may receive the error code like 0x80070005, 0x80070091, 0x8000ffff, 0x81000203, 0x80070002, etc.

Some typical error codes and solutions

Generally speaking, there are three types of common error codes: error 0x8000ffff, error 0x80070005 and error 0x80070091. Next, this passage will illustrate this three error codes and offer solutions.

error 0x80070005

Error 0x80070005

An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x80070005). This error code means System Restore could not access a file because Windows Backup and Restore stopped working. To solve this problem, do the following steps.

Step 1: Click Start and type “services.msc” in search box. Hit Enter.

Step 2: Double click Windows Backup to open its setting. Select “Automatic” in Startup type. Click OK to save the setting. Then right click Windows Backup and then select Start.

Step 3: According to the way of setting Windows Backup, make sure Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider Service, Task Scheduler, and Volume Shadow Copy are started and set on Automatic.

Reboot your PC, and check the error 0x80070005 is fixed or not.

Error 0x8000ffff

Error 0x8000ffff

An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x8000ffff). System Restore did not complete successfully 0x8000ffff windows 10 occurs because certain files are not replaced correctly if a file conflict occurs during the restore process. To solve this problem, you can try a different system restore point.

1. Click Start, and then type System Restore in the Start Search box.
2. Right-click System Restore, and then click Run as administrator.
3. In the System Restore dialog box, tick Choose a different restore point and then click Next.

4. Select a restore point, and then click Next.
5. In the Confirm your restore point window, click Finish.

If you continue to see this error, you can try an advanced recovery method. 

error 0x80070091

Error 0x80070091

An unspecified error occurred during System Restore. (0x80070091). This is because something is broken in AppxStaging. Renaming folder WindowsApps, reboot the system and try a system restore should cure the issue.

Let’s see how to Rename the WindowsApps folder in Safe Mode.

Step 1: Boot into Safe Mode. Right click on Start and run Command Prompt as Administrative.

Step 2: Type these commands below one by one.

cd C:\Program Files
takeown /f WindowsApps /r /d Y
icacls WindowsApps /grant “%USERDOMAIN%\%USERNAME%”:(F) /t
attrib WindowsApps -h
rename WindowsApps WindowsApps.old
Step 3: Reboot your computer and run System Restore.

Reasons for other error codes and solutions

The above three are common errors you may see during System Restore. You still can see other error codes such as 0x81000203, 0x80070002, 0x800423F3 and so on. Reasons caused those errors may be verified. There are several reasons which can cause system restore did not complete successfully an unspecified error occurred. The main reasons are listed as below.

1. transient error.

2. System Protection settings corruption.

3. Antivirus or security software changing permission. Some security software will promote the corresponding files or registry permission to secure system installation. Therefore, you do not have the permission to deal with these files.

4. system file corruption

In any case, you may try one or more of the steps of the following, in no particular order and see if something helps you.

Method 1: For transient error, you can try to do System Restore again later.

Method 2: Fix System Protection settings. Right click Computer, select Properties. Click Configure, and tick Turn on system protection for system settings and previous versions of files. At last, click OK.

Method 3: Disable security programs in your operating system. to uninstall this security software and use a vendor’s clean tool to remove also files and settings remaining from uninstalling, and see if you can complete system restore.

Method 4: The sfc utility will report any corrupt system files that can be the cause for the system restore did not complete successfully windows 10/8/7 error.

Type “cmd” in the search box of Start. Right click cmd and select Run as administrator. Type “sfc /scannow” in command prompt and press Enter.

Method 5: Run system restore from Safe Mode.

If the above-mentioned methods do not work, you can try to run System Restore from Safe Mode. Restart your computer and press F8 before Windows logo appears. Select Safe Mode and press Enter. Once Windows loads in, try to do System Restore and see if it works.

Safe and reliable system restore software – AOMEI Backupper

Turning off System Protection for a disk deletes all restore points for that disk. You cannot restore the disk until you turn on System Protection again and a restore point is created for that disk.

If you have tried all these steps, still cannot fix the problem “System Restore did not complete successfully”. Why not try a third party software – AOMEI Backupper. It is a professional backup and restore software. Also, It is completely free and easy to use. And the interface of it is clean and tidy.

You can create a system backup and do a system restore with just a few clicks. In Addition, you can create a bootable rescue media with AOMEI Backupper, so you can restore your system even if it is unbootable. All in all, With the help of it, you can avoid this issue.

One of the biggest advantage of AOMEI Backupper is that even if your C drive has been deleted, you still can restore with via system backup. And you cannot make it with Windows system restore. If you turn off system protection, it will delete all restore points. You cannot restore system until you turn on System Protection again and a restore point is created.

Here is the main interface of AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AOMEI Backupper Standard